In many parts of the county the unseasonably warm temperatures, much to everyone’s dismay, have finally been replaced with more typical December weather. Plow trucks are up and running in much of the north, while snow birds in the south continue to enjoy the mild temperatures. It’s the time of year to be weary of slick spots both while walking and driving and there are bound to be plenty of tips and tricks around to help everyone through the doldrums of winter.
In the meantime, we at Assisted Living Today have put together some of the best and most interesting bits from around the web, some will warm your hearts, others with just make you think a bit. We hope you enjoy and please let us know if you have come across anything interesting or noteworthy this week!
Weird but True
It was reported this week by the Australian Newspaper, The Northern Star, that fishnet stocking, leather boas and lacey dresses have become the new workout gear for seniors participating in the Super Seniors Health Challenge. The risqué exercise routine was designed to prove that exercise in the 70s, 80s and 90s doesn’t have to be boring.
Many of us have thought about taking the leap and changing careers throughout our life, but a group of boomers are taking that to a whole new level. Staggering new statistics are showing that nearly 20% of seminary students are over the age of 50. CNN’s Belief Blog takes a closer look.
Did you know that bowling can help make dementia-slowing drugs more effective? According to small study published in the BMC Medicine, regular activities like bowling, singing and even croquet have been shown to help people suffering from dementia. To learn more check out HuffPost Healthy Living
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? It’s being recommended that if you haven’t gotten it yet, get it NOW, before the holidays. This is a time of year when family and friends come together to spread joy, and perhaps germs. MedNews Today explains why the CDC is urging seniors to get their vaccinations before the holiday rush begins.
In other health related news, Dr. Eugene Spiritus examines the relationship between doctors and patients and provides Forbes with 10 Signs it May Be Time to Fire Your Doctor. Have you ever felt that you doctor doesn’t give you enough details about your prescriptions or that the office is just too disorganized for your liking? Perhaps it’s time for you to look for a new physician.
In a two part series, The New York Time’s New Old Age blog takes a look at the changing tides in nursing homes. Nursing homes are required by mandates to ask if residents would like to consider going back homes and are seeing a moderate number of capable seniors working to move back to a lesser level of living. The biggest obstacles, finding appropriate housing and in-home care to ensure the resident’s safety and health. To read more about the exodus from nursing homes, check out Part 1 and Part 2.
And, don’t forget to check out Assisted Living’s Today’s very own Top 50 Assisted Living Facilities in Texas. If you or a loved one lives in Texas and is considering assisted living, check out this great resource to help with your decision making process.
Trends in Technology
No more bulky bracelets or dangling pendants to help keep track of seniors with dementia. The Atrex GPS shoe has been introduce to help keep tabs on wanderers suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of impairment. To learn more, check out the EE Life blog